Paul Zorner was our third speaker for the Wayfinder Lecture series held tonight at Hawaii Public Radio, Atherton studio. He spoke about how Hawaii's dependence on fuel and food from out of state sources is something we cannot sustain. At some point those external producers of both fuel and food will realize they need it to service their own people. The question is when that last barrel of oil comes to Hawaii will it be because we are self sufficient or will it be because it is needed elsewhere? How prepared will Hawaii be at that point. Most places on the US Continent have other sources of energy to tap; hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, etc. Ninety percent of Hawaii's energy needs are from external sources. Even if we had electric cars, we would still be burning oil to power our electric plants. Zorner's company Hawaii BioEnergy may have a solution. This is the third and last lecture in this Wayfinder series. It started with Nainoa Thompson in July, James Koshiba in August and finally with Paul Zorner. Many people asked me when will the next lecture be. We are looking at Summer 2010. We gotten a lot of positive response from attendees but always welcome your feedback. You may post your comments here and I can share them with the station. Finally, after three tries I got the webcast working. With Nainoa I have video of his talk which I need to compress and post. During James Koshiba's talk I lost Internet access but I do have audio which I will also post. You can watch Paul's talk in it's entirety via Ustream.tv. Stay tune as I work through my content backlog.
Hawaii has many inspiring individuals and I consider myself fortunate when I get to meet some of them. The first thing I think of is whether there is a technology angle so I can get them on Bytemarks Cafe. But to be honest as much as I enjoy doing the radio show, sitting behind a mic and headphones separates me from the live interaction with others I enjoy. So I came up with this idea of bringing speakers into the Atherton Studio at Hawaii Public Radio and have them interact with a live audience. The series starts on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:30pm with Nainoa Thompson, who was instrumental in helping to revive the art and tradition of Polynesian voyaging. He is the Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and since 1976, played an integral part in the design, construction, sailing, and navigation of the Hawai‘i Maritime Center’s double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a. To get a chance to hear the stories and the lessons learned from this man is once in a lifetime. On Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 6:30pm, James Koshiba, Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii will join us in the Atherton to talk about Island Values, Kuleana, and Island-Style Activism. As concerned citizens of Hawaii, what concerns us about Hawaii's future and what can we do about it? Through the efforts of Kanu Hawaii a grassroots movement is gaining momentum to make a difference. This initial three-part series will conclude on September 17, 2009 at 6:30pm with Paul Zorner. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii BioEnergy in Honolulu, a company focused on providing energy security, renewable materials, creating a carbon neutral environment and creating local jobs within this new green economy. His integrated land use vision can fuel and feed Hawaii. The series is free but space is limited to about 70 people in the Atherton. Be sure to call in your reservation to (808) 955-8821. It is sure to be an evening of thought provoking ideas and reasons to get involved. I hope to see you all there.